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Do you want to know where it's always sunny in Philadelphia? Homesnacks knows that answer and we've published the list here.
That's right, The City of Brotherly Love is known for the Liberty Bell, the Philadelphia Eagles, and, yes, some pretty cool neighborhoods. And because HomeSnacks does not want you to waste any time with Philly's worst neighborhoods, we've created a list of the best neighborhoods in Philadelphia for 2021 and listed them below.
But before you hit your down arrow, you should probably know a little bit about how we ranked these Philadelphia gems. In order to determine the best, we had to give each neighborhood an actual concrete score: We call this a neighborhood's overall 'SnackAbility'. To get this score, we looked at the latest census data on income levels, unemployment rates, crime, and home prices for 56 Philadelphia neighborhoods with over 2,000 residents. Incidentally, this is our seventh time ranking Philadelphia's best neighborhoods, so trust us when we say that these are the best of the best.
And, surprisingly, you won't have to blow your entire bank account if you choose one of Philly's best neighborhoods because not one of these neighborhoods comes with a $100,000 median income price tag. More importantly, if you're into living in one of Philadelphia's quintessential old row houses, Chesnut Hill is your best bet, if safety is your number one priority, you won't go wrong with Bustleton, and if you're not worried about a budget, definitely give City Center East a look.
So, want to know what Philadelphia neighborhoods have the wealthiest neighbors, the best jobs, and the least amount of crime? Keep reading.
If you choose to live in one of Philadelphia's best neighborhoods, you could be strolling the classical pieces at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Fairmount neighborhood and/or rubbing elbows with a Philadelphia Eagles player at Roxborough's next Roxtoberfest. And if you play your cards right, you could just become a permanent resident of Philly's number one, best neighborhood.
So, what's the best neighborhood in Philadelphia for 2021? The best neighborhood in Philadelphia would be Manayunk according to the most recent data.
To see how your favorite Philadelphia neighborhoods compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.
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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Philadelphia
Philadelphia's best neighborhood for 2021 is a trendy little spot located on the banks of the Schuylkill River.
This coveted neighborhood on Philadelphia's northwest side is known as "the place to drink" because of its unique eateries and electric bars. And if living in a Manayunk Victorian home or a rowhouse is your dream, be prepared to drop some cash on a home: Manayunk ranks ninth for most expensive homes, so you're going to need to make close to $67,074 if you want to live like the locals.
Want to be part of the exclusive club that gets to call Philadelphia's second best neighborhood, Wharton-Hawthorne-Bella Vista home? Well, you're going to have to have a job that pays close to $56,818 and be able to drop some cash on a home that will cost you close to $268,021.
Also, don't come here thinking that you're going to cause trouble. Wharton-Hawthorne-Bella Vista is ranked eighth for both violent and property crime.
And word on the street, you can rub elbows with Bella Vista's finest at the Independence National Historical Park.
Philly's third best neighborhood, Fairmount-Spring Garden, is the second neighborhood on our list to take up real estate along the Schuylkill River.
But what sets Fairmount-Spring Garden apart from the rest is that it shares a property line with
the famous Fairmount Park. This is probably why the homes here cost close to $320,109 and that the population is close to 23,809.
So, if you're looking for a piece of Philadelphia with tree lined streets and down-to-earth neighbors, look no further than Fairmount-Spring Garden.
So what makes 32,463 residents to want to live in Philadelphia's fourth best neighborhood, City Center West? We'll tell you.
It's cheaper to buy a home than rent in this neighborhood. City Center West recorded the highest rent on list coming in at $1,469.
This neighborhood is also ranked fourth for median income, second for home value, and first for the best philly cheesesteak. We hear Sonny's Famous Steaks is outstanding. But the best thing about the City Center West neighborhood, you get to live close to the Liberty Bell.
If you are thinking about moving to Philadelphia's fifth best neighborhood for 2021, you better have a job because Schuylkill Southwest's unemployment rate is currently at 5.4 percent.
You might also want to think about making sure that job pays close to $71,943 if you want to keep up with the locals in this Southwest Philly neighborhood.
And, folks, Schuylkill Southwest recorded only 3,385 crimes this year, making it the 15th safest neighborhood on our list. So, yes, it's pretty safe too.
If you're looking for that quintessential Philadelphia neighborhood that looks like it jumped out of a Norman Rockwell painting, look no further than Philly's sixth best neighborhood, Chestnut Hill.
So we were not shocked to discover that Chestnut Hill is Philadelphia's second safest neighborhood only recording 248.0 violent crimes per 100k and 1305.0 property crimes per 100k at the time of this report.
There's a ton of stuff to do in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood, too. And if you don't want to take our word for it, read what other people are saying about Chestnut Hill here.
Not only is City Center East the seventh best neighborhood in Philadelphia, it is the largest neighborhood on our list.
The City Center East neighborhood has a lot to be proud of: they moved up three spots to clinch the seventh place rank and the average home price is $481,058. If you know anything about Philadelphia real estate, this is quite the victory.
Unfortunately, however, they are the 50th worst neighborhood on our list in terms of crime, so make sure that you do your research before making any life changing decisions.
The hustle and bustle must be under control in Philadelphia's eighth best neighborhood, Bustleton, because it is the first neighborhood on our list in terms of crime. Busleton only recorded 715 crimes and 3,428 at the time of this report for 2021.
Bustleton's current average rent will run you around $821, one of the least expensive on our list. So, if you're on the fence about the Bustleton neighborhood, it won't break your bank if you decide to rent instead of buy.
The rest of Philadelphia could learn a lot from Bustleton.
Academy Gardens is the ninth best neighborhood in The City of Brotherly Love.
Located in Northeast Philly, this is another Philly neighborhood where you should consider renting instead of buying at first. Academy Gardens' rent is averaging $588 a month. But don't stress about finding a job, Academy Gardens' unemployment rate is below the national average at 3.9 percent and they are the 12th best neighborhood in terms of median income.
Great rental opportunities, great jobs, and great people: Academy Gardens is the place to be.
If Philadelphia's tenth best neighborhood, Roxborough, is a good enough nest for many of the Philadelphia Eagles players, then it should be good enough for you.
And because the Eagles players know that they can't defend their field, they put that energy into making sure that Roxborough is the tenth safest on our list. At least they're doing something right.
But that's not all that Roxborough's doing right. This neighborhood is the seventh best for average income and the 12th best for affordable homes.
How We Determined The Best Philadelphia, PA Neighborhoods In 2021
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Philadelphia, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".
- High incomes
- Low unemployment rates
- Low crime
- High home prices
- High population densities (A proxy for things to do)
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 56 in each category, where 1 was the best.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.
And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Philadelphia." We're lookin' at you, Manayunk.
Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Philadelphia
If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Philadelphia where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Philadelphia aren't all good. Tioga-Nicetown takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Philadelphia.
We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.
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